Jack Sweeney | September 7 | Cougar Chronicle

Dear New School Families,

Over the past three years, I have had the privilege to be a member of the TNS community as a parent, an administrator, and for a short time, as a teacher. Throughout each of these roles, I have enjoyed getting to know the students, parents, faculty and staff. As an administrator, I field questions by prospective parents, one of the most common questions is “What is the community like?” The answer to this question lies in an understanding of the history, the present and the future of The New School. 

Soon, The New School will be 50 years old. Typically when a person or an organization turns 50, friends and loved ones throw a party to celebrate the past, the present and to look forward to the future. Our Community party will start soon. 

As TNS turns 50, we can look back to the past to reflect on how the school has grown as a community. Early Childhood is the foundation of the school and will continue to be for years to come. With a vision of building on a foundation the idea to grow the school to K-4, then 5-8 and to today, an independent school serving Northwest Arkansas students and families from 12-month-olds to 12th graders. Our Community has grown!

This past spring, The New School came together as a community to celebrate our first graduating class. Many schools in the area pushed the dates of graduation to June or July, but not The New School... The board of trustees, head of school, faculty, staff and our parents worked quickly and diligently to safely hold our first graduation on the scheduled date. Our Community graduated!

Together as a community, we will continue to endure the uncertain times ahead, we will each need our TNS community more than ever. On August 13th, our school community came together as one to start a new school year. This accomplishment was not about one person or a group. This accomplishment was successful because of our faculty and staff, students and parents, because of our TNS Community. 

We must continue seeing through this perspective and build upon what we have learned. The next 50 years of The New School’s future depends on our community today. Our Community is strong!


With Cougar Pride,

Jack Sweeney

Director of Enrollment and Admission

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